Friday, January 31, 2014 the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) can boldly lead Texas education into a multicultural, multimedia era and vote to implement Mexican American Studies courses as an option for schools. Or, the SBOE can live up to its old ways and take the state closer to becoming far right Republican Arizona. This is the same board that a few years back wanted to eliminate or downplay the roll of such figures as MLK, Cesar Chavez, and Benjamin Franklin.So in an effort to give you some rhetorical weapons when you enter the SBOE dojo, here are:
10 Myths the Texas State Board of Education (TX SBOE) Uses to Kill Mexican American Studies
Myth 1. On January 31, 2014, The Texas State Board of Education (TX SBOE) is implementing courses mandated by the new law HB5. That’s why Mexican American Studies is not up for vote. It’s not mandated.
Truth - Implementing Alebra II was not mandated by law; however, Algebra II is the 5th course the SBOE is voting to implement. The Texas State Board of Education must make Mexican American Studies the 6th course to implement.